As part of the 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me series I’ve decided to start participating in, I decided to start by going totally out of order and sharing what a typical day in my life is like. Hopefully my kids will find it interesting to read one day, and maybe you’ll see that your life is a lot like mine – or not!
Typically, my day starts before my husband’s alarm goes off. Though our 22 month old, Charlie, has his own room upstairs, he usually gets out of his bed, opens his door, closes his door, toddles down the stairs, walks through our living room, walks through our kitchen, walks into my bedroom, shuts the door, climbs into my bed next to me, and helps himself to some milk. 😉 He loves his cosleeping milkies!! He does this any time between 3 and 7 AM each day and hasn’t missed a day yet since we moved him up to his room!
Once my hubby’s alarm goes off, Charlie usually demands to get into the shower with him. I try and stay in bed as long as possible to catch some extra ZZZs. My older kids are usually up around this time, but they don’t usually come downstairs until 9 or so.
Once the big kids are up, they usually talk each other into who is going to “wake Mom up” to ask about food. I guess I’m pretty scary, and they normally recruit Heath to do it. He sweetly comes in and says, “Mom, can we pwease eat now? Will you feed us?” It’s adorable. Sometimes I tell him they can grab a Larabar themselves, and sometimes I get up and make them something. I usually make something like scrambled eggs and breakfast sausage with fruit or yogurt. Then I sneak into the shower before anyone notices I’m gone!
Depending on our plans for the day, we may start our homeschool day at this point. Other days, we go off to karate and dance or Bible study. Still, on other days when I have a lot of stuff to do, I may let the kids just hang out and do their own thing. Sometimes that means making them just play with toys or do their laundry. Sometimes that means watching Youtube videos of people playing Minecraft or Mario 3D World. 🙂
I fix the kids something for lunch, usually something easy. Some days, Heath has speech, so we rush off to that. The afternoon is when we normally finish up our homeschool routine. Grace does hers pretty independently, and Michael still needs help on his reading lessons as they both go through and use the Easy Peasy Homeschool curriculum.
I usually do their history, science, and extracurriculars together. Heath gets involved with it sometimes, especially if we’re doing an experiment. He also likes to see what’s going on if there are any fun games in the lesson plans.
We also have to take at least one snack break. My kids and I get hungry by at least 3:30 PM every day, so it’s snack time!
On a great afternoon, we’ll head to the gym where I do a 55 minute Zumba workout while the kids go to the childcare. They absolutely adore the kid programs there, so it is extra reqarding for me! I know that I’m helping them to have fun and I’m doing something that makes me feel better about myself, too!
By the time hubby gets home, I am usually totally exhausted. Charlie runs up to him exclaiming, “Adada!! DADDA!!!” and the other kids generally want to show him their latest stuff on Minecraft or tell him about their day. He swings them around and does all the fun dad stuff.
I feed everyone dinner. Lately, I’ve been excusing myself to take a long, hot bath. I lock the bathroom door and turn on Pandora, but after a while, there’s usually a knock at the door. Hubs asks if Charlie can come in, and then he is too adorable and I can’t help but let him get in the tub with me. He snuggles and splashes and goes wild. He’s such a sweetheart, so I really can’t say no.
After a while, Heath decides that he needs to get in the tub, too! I usually tell him I’m getting out, but he can hang with his brother. That suits him just fine. He’s so precious, too. How did I get so lucky to get the most amazing kids in the world??
After all of that is done, it’s time to get everyone ready for bed. Ross brushes Charlie’s teeth and changes his diaper. Ross also brushes Heath’s teeth. The big kids get ready for bed and usually beg to have a slumber party.
I’ve had to start saying no to them slumber partying together, because they get so rowdy that I’m afraid they’ll wake Charlie up. I usually nurse Charlie in his bed, then lay there with him until he nods off. Then I go tell each of the big kids goodnight and love on them.
Some nights, I take a good 10-15 minutes per kid. Other nights, I just briefly kiss and hug them and tell them how much I love them. Either way, I make sure to give them individual attention each and every night!